Thursday, August 29, 2013

Invites, invites, invites!

So I've already posted some screen shots of these before, but I wanted to feature some of the invites I've created recently in their full glory (not screenshots from InDesign). I have a second Etsy shop in the works right now for designing invitations, so I'm trying to spread the word a little. I'm finishing up compiling some example invites for my shop, so if you have ideas for some that you think would be fun to see, or if you need an invite for an upcoming event let me know and we could work out a deal (pretty much you just help me advertise :)) since I'm trying to build up my portfolio (it's a lot more fun and easy to make example invites when they're actually for real events!). Basically for my shop I'll be consulting with customers to make custom designs, or customizing existing designs I've created for customers. I'll be selling PDFs, not prints, so customers will be purchasing the PDF then printing the invites locally themselves. Essentially all the extra shipping and handling costs are cut out, yay! People can also use the PDFs for E-invites, which is really popular and convenient now-a-days. Anyway, I have a couple names in mind for my shop, but if any of you have some mind-blowing ideas, let me know and maybe you could get an invite or two if I pick that name. 

Have a wonderful night y'all! 

{Love is a Journey}: One of my childhood best friends got married a couple weeks ago, so my other best friend (Madie) and I threw her (Andrea) a bridal shower! Andrea wanted something nice and classy, and she travels a LOT (we're talking going to China every other year since high school), so Madie and I decided on throwing a travel-themed shower with the title "love is a journey". For this invite I used a picture of Andrea and her fiancĂ© (now husband!) during one of their travels and made the photo look vintage and rustic. I created the stamp image which includes the actual shower date and time in it. I also found a Chinese stamp image to use for a final touch. 

{Ahoy! It's a Boy!}: My sister and her friend threw one of their childhood best friends a baby shower for her future baby boy. The theme was obviously nautical. They wanted it to be the perfect shade of red and blue (no 4th of July!), while incorporating a nautical feel. I think it turned out pretty well!

 Our adorable niece has a birthday coming up and she is having her party at a local waterpark in Hawaii. For this invite I tried to keep it childish but not immature (we've all seen invites that are too cheesy for most people's taste). The waterpark's logo has splashes coming out from it so I tried to keep that theme as well. My niece loves pink so I tried to incorporate that as much as possible without it being overbearing (let's be honest though I personally could never have enough pink!)

I recently blogged about my friend Lauren's wedding. She asked me to do her invite and I was thrilled. Here is a close-up of the invite. The invites were printed on specialty paper which is why there is no specific background or anything. Lauren wanted super classy, traditional, formal, and simple.

Below is one of my favorite parts of Lauren's invites. Lauren had a lot of inserts because she had a lot of events going on, but this one was one of the best I think. She had the same layout below for inviting close family and friends to the wedding ceremony inside the temple, but she also wanted to make those who could not go inside the temple to be a part of the day and feel included. We camp up with the design below to invite people to welcome them out of the temple and to take photos. 
Sealing invitation: 
Dinner invitation: 

I love feedback, so if you have some give me!! :) Also, if you're interested in working with me on an invite before the shop is open, email me at! 

**All invites were altered to protect the privacy of clients :) 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Loravs Got married!

Last month one of my best friends and former roommates, Lauren (Lauren Ravsten=Loravs), got married! I was honored to be one of her bridesmaids and help her celebrate her big day! It was such a fun month and the wedding was beautiful!

.::The Bridal Shower::.
We threw Lauren's bridal shower at her and Mack's apartment they would be living in {lauren got to move in early and live there}.

Date night jar for guests to write down date ideas. Holly (lauren's BFF and my old roomie)  and lauren made one of these for my bridal shower and Tay and I love it! 

I bought this chalk board bunting banner at the Quilted Bear and I am in love. What do you think? 

Lauren & Mack :) 

Mack's last name is Robins, so it's fitting that they have a pic of a robin's nest :) 

Typical Holly and Lauren :) 

Me and Lauren! {side note: still undecided about the shirt I'm wearing}

The maid of honor and wonderful shower hostess! 

I gave Lauren a "Honeymoon Survival Kit". I was given a similar gift for my shower and I loved it! Includes stuff you might forget when you go on your honeymoon: food, chapstick, candle, lotion...and then some other stuff :) 
Giggling at one of the items I put in the basket...hehe :) 

Just some typical shower gifts of course :) 

.::The Bachelorette Party::.
We went up to SLC to first pick up one of the bridesmaids who had just flown in and then we ate dinner at The Pie! I had never been there before, and I was hooked on my first bite!

Lauren gave a little gift to each of us bridesmaids with a note and picture of each of us with Lauren, a lace hair bow, and an adorable bow shaped necklace. 

Holly brought a game called "Find a Man". We were each given cards with different characteristics of a man and we had to find a random man who had that. Not all normal things though...think, lives with his mom, balding, does karate, etc. It made for hilarious encounters with strangers. 

Everyone feeling a little bloated after consuming all the yummy pizza and breadsticks. 

Me and a man who can do origami. (We got extra points if we got pictures with the men, and I was determined to win!)


Our night was so fun...complete with helping someone who had a "push-start" car. 

Caitlin and a "man who can do the robot" 

We went to a local Karaoke bar (don't judge, virgin drinks all around) to do Karaoke. Turns out people don't enjoy your singing as much if you're not drunk. 

.::The Wedding Day::.

Lauren and Mack got married in the Salt Lake temple. I had never been inside that temple before so it was really neat to be able to go inside as we attended the sealing. To learn more about LDS temples and why they are important to us click here. :)

Maid of honor and bridesmaid! Ps yes, I do match for the wedding line I promise. Lauren had a "color palette" she wanted us to all pick from to have an away of colors. Her colors were a range from peach to pink. 


Typical Lauren picture :) 

Mr. & Mrs. Robins! 

I loved this picture. 

Maid of Honor speech

Chatham 26 + Macy & Bri reunion! 

It was so fun to have everyone together again! Holly, Lauren, and I were roommates at Chatham town. Macy lived next door/with us, Bri went to school with Macy and therefore also "lived" next door/with us. 

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